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Investigators say a Pend Oreille County teen reported missing last month appears to have been killed in a homicide.
, Washington State Patrol’s Cold Case Homicide Team will analyze evidence from a 1994 crime scene with new technologies in hopes of finding the DNA of the killer.
Some of the worst wildfires since 1910 threatened ranch houses, schoolhouses and lumber mills in the Pend Oreille and Newport areas.
Washington's Employment Security Department on Tuesday confirmed the Ponderay Newsprint Co. paper mill in Usk is permanently shutting down and laying off 148 workers.
The mill closure has been described as an "indefinite idling," and it wasn't immediately clear whether workers have been notified of layoffs.
Fisheries researchers estimated that over 2.5 million adult kokanee occupied Lake Pend Oreille in the fall of 2019, the highest count on record since the mid-1990’s. As summer heats up, reports are starting to roll in that anglers are reaping the benefits of a highly abundant kokanee population.
Businesses in small towns like Newport are the first to be allowed to open in the state. While a few had the guidance and supplies they needed to open earlier this week, most opened didn’t have the chance to serve customers until Thursday.
While Franklin County voted to reopen its economy early this week – and quickly learned that wouldn’t fly with Gov. Jay Inslee’s office – officials in Washington’s three rural northeast found consensus on a different, more measured approach.
The $325 million project remains on indefinite hold, however, after Pend Oreille County commissioners rejected a zoning change that would have allowed its construction late last year. The ruling affirms the rights of public utilities to dispose of land as they see fit, but may allow governments to “play fast and loose with the rules,” an attorney for the group challenging the sale said.
Newport Beach, California-based Alliant Insurance Services announced Tuesday it has acquired Pend Oreille Insurance.
After months of limited communication between PacWest Silicon and Pend Oreille County officials about a proposed silicon smelter near Newport, the company confirmed in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee the project is on hold for “the immediate future” because of regulatory and community challenges.
A state commission declared that the proposed Columbia Basin irrigation project was perfectly feasible and presented “no serious engineering difficulties.”
The controversial silicon smelter project is tied up in multiple lawsuits and its parent company has been mum on its future plans with officials at the local and state level. That has led to speculation the project has been abandoned, but there’s been no official word yet.
Twenty years ago, the proposal being presented at public meetings in January for forest restoration and recreation projects on 90,700 acres in Pend Oreille County would only have been a pipe dream. That was at the height of the “timber wars,” pitting pro-logging interests against environmentalists and bringing logging to a halt.
A Navy representative has been meeting with county and city leaders throughout the state to show them route maps and areas used for training by the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island. On the map, the low-altitude zones resemble strands of colorful yarn strewn across Eastern Washington and Oregon.
The Pend Oreille County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to shoot down the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, which would redesignate some 65% of land in the county from “public land” to “rural land,” opening the door to industrial development.
Avista is watching the California wildfires in hopes of gaining insight on how to prevent or contain such problems in the Northwest.
Thankfully, we’d been warned in advance that train robberies frequently occur on the Scenic Pend Oreille River Train. Even better, the cash collected goes to support the many community projects of the Newport/Priest River Rotary Club, which operates the ride.
Responsible Growth*Northeast Washington, the group that filed the appeal, responded by vowing to fight on, while PacWest Silicon, the company behind the smelter project, promised patience to see the project through.
Newport has a hospital and a new care facility. An hour north, towns struggle to hire a single doctor.